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Tortilla-Pecan Crusted Chicken

No recipe image available.This terrific recipe for Tortilla-Pecan Crusted Chicken was submitted by Frances Andrews of Wilson, North Carolina.

Recipe Ingredients:

8 sun-dried tomatoes (not oil packed)
1 cup boiling water
4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
Southwestern Paste (recipe follows)
3 ounces Monterey Jack cheese with jalapeño peppers, sliced in thin strips
1/2 cup finely crushed tortilla chips
1/2 cup finely chopped pecans
1 tablespoon slightly beaten egg white
Lettuce leaves
2 red jalapeño peppers, cut in rings

Cooking Directions:

  1. In small bowl, place sun-dried tomatoes. Add water and soak about 30 minutes or until soft; drain, pat dry and slice.
  2. On thicker side of each chicken breast half, cut a horizontal pocket, being careful not to cut through opposite side. Brush inside of pockets with 1 tablespoon of Southwestern Paste. Stuff each breast half with equal portions of sun dried tomatoes and cheese; press edges firmly to seal. Brush remaining Southwestern Paste on both sides of chicken.
  3. In large shallow dish, place tortilla chips, pecans and egg white; stir to mix well. Add chicken to crumb mixture, pressing to adhere coating.
  4. Arrange chicken on nonstick jelly roll pan and place in 400°F (205°C) oven for about 25 minutes or until fork can be inserted with ease.
  5. Line serving dish with lettuce leaves. Arrange chicken on lettuce and top with jalapeño pepper rings.

Makes 4 servings.

Southwestern Paste: In small bowl, mix together 3 tablespoons hot honey mustard, 1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder, 1 1/2 teaspoons dried cilantro, 3/4 teaspoon ground cumin, 3/4 teaspoon dried oregano, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 2 small cloves garlic, finely minced or pressed.

Recipe provided courtesy of the National Chicken Council. Used with permission.